Yes, I have returned to the blogging space. Yes, I returned just to ask a question.
Something that has weighed on my mind for some time now concerns the monetization value of my blog. While my statistics are not anything to write home about (but are holding steady despite a substantial lack of content), I could potentially try harder to create more of a network that harbors revisits and better SEO practices. With literal hundreds of articles to my name—all of which varying in topics—I think I could try it. I’ve built up a somewhat respectable base.
What usually stops me from doing so is the thought of having my blog actually contain ads. For seven long years, my blog has basically been a place for me to write my thoughts and potentially bask within a certain community; I never intended to make it a living. Now? A little extra money sounds beneficial, and who knows? If I try hard enough and keep at it, maybe this could keep me from having to work too hard out in the “real world.” But that is far from my only reservation.
I just fucking hate ads. They’re soulless, manipulative, and vapid attempts at stealing people’s money by offering them stupid shit. While I am not opposed to shilling for content I think is worth one’s time, the thought of ad space dedicated to products I give zero shits about that may or may not be run by despicable corporations that I would prefer to have zero affiliation with makes my brain unhappy. And the fact that my content, which boils down to “Dude with an English degree writes about random shit,” should feel confident enough that it deserves to profit off of views feels kind of shady to me. I like my opinion, and I think my writing is interesting and easy to digest. But is it worth drowning it out with flashy bombast and corporate-approved appeal? Hard for me to justify that.
Going through the options, there’s also an opportunity to provide a subscription-based service for exclusive content on the site, which I found intriguing. But again, what the hell is worth doing so? I just write my opinion on things. Should I hide certain opinions behind a paywall? That sounds like garbage. Maybe I can bite the bullet and do episodic anime reviews every season and put that behind a subscription prompt? Those tend to be pretty popular. Maybe some spicy takes or personal writings that I don’t typically share for the blog? It’s a process, but one that sounds more appealing as my desire to get away from “the real world” grows.
So, I will turn it to you, reader. Whether you enjoy my content and have been following me for a while or this is your first time here (probably more for the former): What do you think? Should I go for it? Should I not? Would ads make you leave the blog forever? And if you are for it, what would you like to see more from me? What can I do to make the blog more appealing to you? Any sort of information would be very beneficial to me.
Thank you all for reading, and I hope you have a good day.